It didn’t strike me until about a week ago that I have a long, triumphant history. I never before realized the power within me that comes from being a woman. Yes, a woman- strong, smart, couragous, innovative, gracious and caring. Cheap Amusements: Working Women and Leisure in Turn-of-the-Century New York, a book I was assigned in a class, opened up my eyes to the hardships that women had to endure while trying to make a living in this country. Last month, my African-American roots gave me a reason to feel empowered. This month, it’s all about the empowerment I feel from being a woman.
March is National Women’s History Month and the National Women’s History Project has the 2011 theme of “Our History is our Strength”. I feel as though I discovered Women’s History Month at the right time in my life because I had been feeling a void in my life. It was not a void that could be filled with late night college parties. I felt a need to discover me so I could make a difference in the world. Michael Gelinas wrote an article for the Huffington Post about the importance of women’s history. Gelinas challenges us to “consider the opportunities you have to empower women in your own life.”
As of today, I feel empowered. I want to take the strength given to me by the generations of women before me to make a change in someone else’s life. There are still women from all around the world that are seeking rights. Women in Saudi Arabia cannot drive or even open bank accounts without male approval. It is quite possible that the women in Saudi Arabia are on the brink of a movement for women’s rights.
Take a stand, make a difference. We must continue to march forward on the path that was carved by the brave women before us. I want to be remembered as one of those women who made a stand that was not only beneficial for myself, but thousands. Celebrate and remember-the 100th International Women’s Day is March 8, 2011.